The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

Carbohydrates

Cellulose

Also known as: Total dietary fibre (TDF)

Thanks to recent advances in scientific knowledge on the raw fibre components of food, diseases like obesity, diabetes, constipation or diarrhoea can be prevented or cured more effectively by adding these components in the right quality and amount to an animal’s diet.

 

A little background information

Cellulose is a very large molecule consisting of thousands of glucose units linked together by stronger chemical bonds than those found in starch. But cellulose represents only part of the total fibre inf ood. The term includes other soluble or insoluble fibrous plant substances,such as hemicelluloses, pectin, lignin and oligosaccharide fibres. On its own,cellulose does not have much of a nutritional effect, despite the raw cellulose content being stated on labels.

Its role in the body

The role of fibres in the body is dependent on their nature. Indigestible and insoluble fibres (pure cellulose, lignin) act asballast in the bowels, inducing contractions to help them function mechanically by stimulating contraction (peristalsis). Soluble fibres can be important for the health and hygiene of the digestive tract (FOS, MOS). The intake of sufficient fibre is important to produce a feeling of satiety in animals atrisk of becoming overweight and in sedentary cats predisposed to the formation of hairballs in the digestive tract.

Natural sources

Fibres are one of the main constituents of plants, a kind of external skeleton providing support and lending them their shape. This explains why the generic term “cellulose” includes in fact a huge variety of molecules artificially grouped together; you only need to compare a tree trunk to a carrot or a French bean!